Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Summer Home In Lyndhurst ..11" x 14" ..O/P
If this piece looks familiar and you have guessed that you have seen it before, you have guessed right. I did a painting similar to this one during the past snowy winter and used it as a Christmas card.
This painting is a 'spring' painting !
The panel for this painting was prepaired with the usual 'rough' two coats of gesso and when dry, a coat of medium gray was applied to the surface. From the start , I was not influenced by the ground colour such as my usually rubbed 'red-orange' surface.
It seemed that from the start I was able to work back and forth between the dark colours and their values and the brighter colours and their values. I found that the medium gray base allowed me more freedom than usual to apply dark or bright colours interchangeably at will. I was able to paint more frenetically as seen for example in the foreground of this painting.
Some areas such as the front of the houses show the effects of the gray base effecting the 'thinner' final colour.
Being able to use all the colours as I painted was exciting and showed in the finished piece, IMHO.